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De Wet 34 in Bantry Bay, Cape Town, by SAOTA

Saturday, May 11th, 2013

Article source: SAOTA 

The site is positioned in the heart of Bantry Bay in Cape Town, on the slopes of Lion’s Head overlooking the bay. The brief was to create a home with all the spectacle of an Atlantic Seaboard showpiece but also to respond to the practical needs of family life and to create a feeling of sanctuary.

Image Courtesy © Adam Letch, SAOTA 

  • Architects: SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects
  • Project: De Wet 34
  • Location: Bantry Bay, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Photography: SAOTA & Adam Letch
  • Project Team: Stefan Antoni, Bobby Hugill, Duke Williams
  • Interior Design: OKHA Interiors
  • Completion Date: 2012

The Slabs – Italian Pavilion Expo 2015 in Milan, Italy by MenoMenoPiu Architects + BE.ST Architect

Saturday, May 11th, 2013

Article source: MenoMenoPiu Architects + BE.ST Architect

Our proposal for the Italian Pavilion at the Milan 2015 Expo is a light cage where the technical innovation is embedded within the structure: revolutionary glass columns sustain traditional  slabs clad in marble. The building is simple and elegant in its structural system. Marble and glass are intertwined expressing the Italian architectural tradition of proportion and elegance.

Nature makes its way through the thin marble: tress are allowed to grow tall through holes in the slabs, recalling the central role of nature in a healthy feeding culture. These holes let the light from above reach the ground level where the covered plaza stands. The latter is trimmed by a thin water layer which creates small “islands” and a mirror-like surface. Water and shadow cool down the temperature of the plaza so offering a shelter from the sunny space before the circular pond at the end of the Cardo.

Image courtesy MenoMenoPiu Architects + BE.ST Architect 

  • Architects: MenoMenoPiu Architects + BE.ST Architect
  • Project: The Slabs – Italian Pavilion Expo 2015
  • Location: Milan, Italy
  • Project Team: MenoMenoPiu Architects – Rocco Valantines, Mario Emanuele Salini, Marco Lavit Nicora, Paolo Carignano, Alessandro Balducci
  • Project Team: BE.ST Architect – Stefano Belingardi Clusoni
  • Software used: 

    2d Autocad
    3d Rhinoceros
    Rendering 3ds max
    Post Production Photoshop

Prime Nature Residence in Samutprakarn, Thailand by Department of ARCHITECTURE

Saturday, May 11th, 2013

Article source: Department of ARCHITECTURE

The owner’s brief for his residence seems at first rather simple – his bedroom on ground floor, another bedroom for his mother and sister on second floor, a large interior living space, and an outdoor terrace for the mother who enjoys outdoor leisure. However, a great challenge comes with the site location. The plot is situated at a busy 3-street intersection in an up-scale residential estate that forbids the use of any kinds of fences.

Image Courtesy © Wison Tungthunya 

  • Architects: Department of ARCHITECTURE
  • Project: Prime Nature Residence
  • Location: Bangplee, Samutprakarn, Thailand
  • Photography: Wison Tungthunya
  • Owner: Sakkawat Phongsphetrarattana
  • Lighting Designer: Accent Studio
  • Structural Engineer: Jet Structural
  • Area: 480 m2 (Exclude Parking and Roof Deck)
  • Cost of the construction: 13 Million THB
  • Build time: 2006 – 2011

Lenbachhaus Museum in Munich, Germany by Foster + Partners

Saturday, May 11th, 2013

Article source: Foster + Partners

A ceremony has been held today, attended by German Culture Minister, Mrs Wanka; the Mayor of Munich, Mr Ude; Lord Foster and Dr Helmut Friedl, Director of the Lenbachhaus Museum, to mark the completion of a major project to transform the experience for visitors.

Image Courtesy © Nigel Young_Foster + Partners 

  • Architects: Foster + Partners
  • Project: Lenbachhaus Museum reopens
  • Location: Munich, Germany
  • Photography: Nigel Young_Foster + Partners
  • Client: City of Munich, Cultural Department and Building Department
  • Design Team: Norman Foster, David Nelson, Stefan Behling, Christian Hallmann, Ulrich Hamann, Klaus Heldwein, Florian Boxberg, Leonhard Weil, Judith Kernt, Henriette Hahnloser, Eike Danz, Diana Krumbein, Simon Weismaier, Christopher Von Der Howen, Inge Tummers, Jörg Grabfelder, Katrin Hass, Tillmann Lenz
  • Project Management: DU Diederichs
  • Structural Engineer: Sailer Stepan & Partner GmbH
  • Mechanical Engineer: Ingenieurbüro Robert Ottitsch (HLS + RLT), PEG GmbH (Elektro)
  • Quantity Surveyor: CBP Cronauer
  • Cost Consultant: Höhler + Partner
  • Landscaping Burger: Landschaftsarchitekten
  • Lighting Design: Ingenieurbüro Bamberger
  • Appointment: 2002
  • Construction Start: 2009
  • Completion: 2013
  • Site Area: Approx. 4,000m²
  • Area (Gross): 12,328m²
  • Cost: Project cost: 59 million Euros, LED Lighting: 4.3 million Euros

The STRABAG Headquarter in Bratislava, Slovakia by MHM Architects

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Article source: MHM Architects

The STRABAG Headquarter in the Slovakian Capital City of Bratislava from year 2005 is the first of three buildings being planned to develop this property at the edge of the historic city Centre. After completion the existing branch office of STRABAG Slovakia and the local firm ZIPP, part of the STRABAG corporate group since 2004, have been united in the new building.

Image Courtesy © Hertha Hurnaus 

  • Architects: MHM Architects
  • Project: The STRABAG Headquarter
  • Location: Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Photography: Hertha Hurnaus
  • Planned: in 2005
  • Built: from 2005 to 2007
  • General Contractor: ZIPP BRATISLAVA spol. s r.o.
  • General Design & Planning:  MHM architects, Vienna Matthias Molzbichler, Sebastian Haselsteiner, Florian Molzbichler

Hostel in kyonan, Japan by Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Article source: Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects

This private training center has 2 capsule-hotel and 3 tatami-style buildings. They are positioned with various angles of axis and all the rooms have a view of the Tokyo Bay, each one becoming a space like a ship’s cabin. The client requested guest units that had the possibility of future relocation or addition. While clearing these requirements and in order to ensure the necessary dimension for the bedroom spaces with economy, we utilized a wooden structural frame on a standard freight-truck of adequate dimensions.

Image Courtesy © Yasutaka Yoshimura 

  • Architects: Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects
  • Project: Hostel in kyonan
  • Location: Kyonan, Chiba, Japan
  • Photography: Yasutaka Yoshimura
  • Principal use: Private training camp
  • Category: Newly built
  • Completion date: Aug/2012
  • Structure: Wooden, 1 story
  • Site area: 1,013.22sq.m
  • Building area: 149.85sq.m
  • Total floor area: 149.85sq.m
  • Max. height: 3,117 mm
  • Structural engineer: ASA/Akira Suzuki
  • General contractor: Ajiro Koumuten

Multi-Storey Dwelling Building at Badalona in Spain by Lagula Arquitectes

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Article source: Lagula Arquitectes

A volume created by the urban needs arising from the emergence of a new promenade, the change in section of the road. In a temporary space somewhere between what was and what is wanted. With all this, the building appears as an urban element at city level, responding to more than just the particular needs of the condominium complex.

Image Courtesy © Lagula Arquitectes&Adrià Goula photo

  • Architects: Lagula Arquitectes
  • Project: Multi-Storey Dwelling Building
  • Location: Badalona, Spain
  • Photography: Adrià Goula photo


M2 House in Bozen (BZ), Italy by monovolume architecture+design

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Article source: monovolume architecture+design

The project M2 at Bozen-Moritzing is a Klimahouse. A which hosts two accommodations on separate floors. Because of his punctuated facade in the north and the east it seems closed to the access road. The plastered basement serves as pedestal for the smaller upper floor, which is covered by cladding sheets. To the garden – towards the south and the west – the house opens because of a generous glass façade.

Image Courtesy © M&H Photostudio 

  • Architects: monovolume architecture+design
  • Project: M2 House
  • Location: Bozen (BZ), Italy
  • Photography: M&H Photostudio
  • Client: Private
  • Program: Living
  • Realization: 2011/12
  • Building area: 190 m²
  • Team: Patrik Pedó / Juri Pobitzer / Konrad Rieper
  • Staff:
    Simon Constantini
    Benjamin Gaensbacher
    Luca Di Censo

Ami_bar in Milano, Bicocca, Italy by Gianluca Milesi Architecture

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Article source: Gianluca Milesi Architecture

There was the need for the place, a bar and restaurant location, to be, at the same time, a flexible space and an easily recognizable site reflecting a precise, strong and unique image. These inputs generated the concept of the project: one “consistent and closed in itself” structure at the same time articulated in order to satisfy the different and flexible functions.

Image Courtesy © Atelier Gluck,Giovanna Caravello

  • Architects: Gianluca Milesi Architecture
  • Project: Ami_bar
  • Location: Milano, Bicocca, Italy
  • Photography: Atelier Gluck, Milan – Giovanna Caravello, Milan
  • Project: 2005-2006
  • Construction: 2006
  • Surface: 350 s.m.
  • Cost of Construction: 350.000 Euro
  • Team: Carmen Barrantes, Giovanna Caravello, Barbara Cardelli, Giacomo De Feo, Gianluca Milesi, Barbara Valentini, Giorgio Villa
  • Management: Marco Cattaneo,  Stefano Ricci,  Sergio Zappella 
  • Structures: EOS, Stefano Landi engeneer, Milan
  • Mechanical : Salvioni&Mauri – Idrotermica Valtolina, Milan
  • Electrical: Elettricadea, Milan 
  • Carpentry: ditta Beretta Luciano, Milan
  • MDF Wrapping: AP project, Milan
  • Glasses: Vetreria Re
  • Art direction: gianluca milesi architecture


50Hertz Netzquartier in Berlin, Germany by LOVE Architecture

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Article source: LOVE Architecture

Designed by LOVE architecture and urbanism, the main goal of their winning proposal for the 50Hertz Headquarters in Berlin was to develop an innovative, transparent, open headquarters for the company that above all flows from inside to outside. The focus became to create flexible,versatile, and unique working environments, which are traversed by spacious outdoor spaces in the form of terraces, balconies and atriums. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Image courtesy LOVE architecture and urbanism 

  • Architects: LOVE Architecture
  • Project: 50Hertz Netzquartier
  • Location: Berlin, Germany
  • Client: 50Hertz Transmission GmbH
  • Total Area (without underground garage): approx. 16,000 m²
  • Office Space: 11,070 m²
  • Conference Area: 807 m²
  • Daycare Center: 153 m²
  • Software used: AutoCAD, ArchiCAD, Sketchup
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